Monday, 14 November 2016

Fashion illustration @ Orange Pip Market, Middlesbrough...

Hello lovelies!

The last Saturday of every month sees the amazing Orange Pip Market take place on Baker and Bedford Street in Middlesbrough.  Think amazing Artisan food and cool music spread out right across the two streets, snuggled in alongside some of the best boutique eating places you've ever come across.  So what's this got to do with fashion I hear you ask?  Let me tell you all about it...

A little in car selfie with my lovely friend Krissi

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know already that I have a love affair with fashion illustration.  I first explored this on a day course at The Bowes Museum lead by the lovely and extremely talented Frances Moffatt!  I've been lucky enough to keep in touch with Frances, and when Krissi and I found out that she was drawing fashion portraits at the Pip Market, we couldn't wait to visit and see her in action!

So on a blustery October Saturday, under a fun pink canopy, we gave Frances the task of drawing each of us in turn, whilst the other snapped away.  It's always lovely to catch up with Frances and luckily, we caught her quite early into her shift before she got super busy.  

I went first...

Sitting still and shutting up has never been my strong point, but somehow my chattering wasn't too much of a distraction for Frances, as she set to work sketching me out with pencil before moving to ink.  I hadn't planned my outfit (I'd dressed to keep warm!) but I loved the way that she picked out all of the details; including my love heart earrings!  I was more than impressed with the finished result!

Next up it was Krissi's turn...

She was a much better behaved model than me with my constant fidgeting and it was amazing to see her portrait come to life.  It was all about the fur with Krissi's picture...

I love the textures and shadows in her finished portrait!  We were super grateful that Frances drew us, so when we visited the Songbird Bakery for cupcakes to bring home, we made sure to get one as a treat for Frances too (and they were delicious).  If you plan on visiting the Songbird Bakery, my advice would be to go early; they run out of cupcakes later in the day!!

After sitting in the cold for a long time posing, we were ready for some food and decided on Barbarossa, a pizza kitchen and bar offering amazing wood-fired sourdough pizza.  The interior is a blogger's dream, with quirky artwork and hard-wood table tops and the food is simply irresistible!

We chose delicious smoked Arancini which was mouth-wateringly good and shared a sour-dough chicken pizza-it was a taste sensation!  All washed down with Gingerella Ginger Beer (in the coolest bottle!) for me and some rhubarb lemonade for Miss K!  I loved Barbarossa and will definitely be taking my Mister there the next time we're in Middlesbrough!

From stuffing our faces with good food, we wandered down through the market (apparently the scotch egg stall is extremely popular!!) and headed towards MIMA, to browse the gift shop and grab a coffee.  Between all of the quirky gifts and beautiful greetings cards, we found a colouring book from a famous friend...

The Fashion Exercise Book by Frances Moffatt!

MIMA is set in a beautiful area of Middlesbrough, with pretty fountains and beautiful buildings-such a nice place to end the day with some outfit of the day photos-thanks Krissi for your amazing photography as always!

Bag: Vivienne Westwood, Scarf: Vintage Burberry, Jeans: Levi's, Boots: Ugg, Jacket (leather): Triple S, Bomber Jcket: Marks and Spencer

We had such a fun road trip to Middlesbrough!  You can visit Orange Pip Market on the last Saturday of every month (November 26th will be the next one).  If you want to see more work by Frances you can add her on instagram here.  If you're wanting a portrait, make sure to visit Frances early in the day to book your slot to avoid disappointment!


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